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With a big selection of affordable 3D printers that support FDM technology, it might be challenging to choose your very best device at first glance. Depending on your needs and hobbies, it is always better to explore the pros and cons of all the best machines for 3D printing that are inexpensive and offer great features for the beginners in 2019 and then make your choice.

The list of significant options offered by cheap 3D printers for beginners is pretty long, and the combinations of useful features are numerous. You can choose from a wide variety of devices:

  • Open and fully enclosed machines;
  • With a single or dual extruder;
  • Printers with manual or automatic calibration;
  • With limited build volume or large build area;
  • Cheap 3D printers with heated and non-heated, removable or non-removable plate;
  • With SD card, USB, WiFi-connection, cloud support or with limited connections;
  • Machines that support one type of plastic or various materials (wood, metal, plastic);
  • Inexpensive 3D printers that have additional features such as built-in camera, pause-resume option, user-friendly touch screen controls, etc.

The best affordable machines have their advantages and disadvantages, but most of them can provide impressive print quality.

Best affordable 3D printers for beginners to use in 2019

Affordable 3D Printer

Which 3D printer is the best? The answer is different for each of us. Some people are looking for large build areas, while others believe that their best 3D printer in 2019 should deliver the best quality possible and boast high speeds even if its size is compact. Some wish to get automatic levelling, calibration and simple nozzle change, while others love to adjust all the settings manually. Still, most consider the top 3D printers for beginners in 2019 to be inexpensive or even cheap, easy-to-use, simple to operate, affordable in terms of materials used and of descent 3D printing quality.

Looking at the selection of 15 best 3D printers under $300, $500 and $700 can help you make your choice, especially if your budget is limited.

3D Printers for Beginners Under $300

The pricing category under $300 focuses on the most affordable 3D printers available in the market in 2019. Most of them have limited build area, an uneven base, non-removable plate, and single extruder; however, even such devices can impress a 3D print hobbyist with excellent results. You should not be scared at a low price because some machines sound fantastic and offer great features, such as heat plate and Wi-Fi connection, for their inexpensive cost.

1. Qidi Technology X-one 2 3D Printer

Affordable 3D printer Qidi Technology X-one 2

Image source: Qidi Technology

This affordable device is an enclosed cheap 3D printer 2019 which has transparent side panels without a top cover. The sides and a touchscreen interface make it easier to monitor the 3D printing process. The device has an SD card slot, USB port, and it arrives fully assembled right out of the box.

Qidi Tech X-one 2 machine has one extruder; however, you can switch to different colours by pausing, saving the progress and resuming the process.

It can be an excellent selection for beginners who are more into working with miniatures. However, it can be a pain to create and remove larger prints because the heat plate cannot be removed to simplify this process. There is also no support for the Wi-Fi connection.

Price: $298

Filament type: PLA, ABS (1.75 mm)

Build area: 140 x 140 x 140 mm

Layer resolution: 100-500 microns

Weight: 19 kg

Pros:

  • Affordable price
  • Easy to operate
  • A touchscreen interface
  • Ability to pause-resume printing
  • Fully assembled out of box

Cons:

  • A non-removable heat plate
  • Limited build volume
  • No Wi-Fi connection support

2. Da Vinci Mini Maker 3D Printer by XYZprinting

Da Vinci Mini Maker 3D printer for beginners in 2019

Image source: XYZprinting

It is one of the cheapest 3D printers for beginners available in 2019. The Da Vinci Mini Maker can adjust itself thanks to the advanced auto-calibration feature. Its compact size is an advantage as well as its non-heated print bed, which offers safety and security even when a child uses the device.

The cheap machine supports USB and Wi-Fi connection. It also has LED lights that indicate the printing process, which is very slow and requires much patience.

Another disadvantage you can discover about this 3D printer is its support for XYZprinting filaments only without support for third-party materials.

Price: $180

Filament type: PLA, PETG (1.75 mm)

Build area: 150 x 150 x 150 mm

Layer resolution: 100-400 microns

Weight: 8.2 kg

Pros:

  • Cheap price
  • Minimal weight
  • Compact size
  • Auto-calibration option
  • Wi-Fi connection support

Cons:

  • Slow printing speeds
  • Flaky software
  • Limit to XYZprinting filament only

3. FlashForge Finder 3D Printer Under $300

FlashForge Finder affordable 3D printer under $300

Image source: FlashForge

This affordable device is a nice home 3D printer for beginners and 3D model crafters. It has a single extruder, and it arrives fully assembled out of the box.

FlashForge Finder has a non-heated slide-in build plate for easier 3D print removal, a touchscreen to operate the printing process, support for USB, flash drive, Wi-Fi, and cloud connection.

It boasts a friendly calibration detection system that signals when you have levelled everything correctly.

Price: $299

Filament type: PLA (1.75 mm)

Build area: 140 x 140 x 140 mm

Layer resolution: 50-400 microns

Weight: 11 kg

Pros:

  • Fully assembled
  • Affordable cost
  • Quiet work
  • Touchscreen
  • Slide-in build place
  • Nice 3D printing quality
  • Wi-Fi, cloud connection support

Cons:

  • Tricky documentation
  • Limited build area
  • PLA support only

4. Creality 3D Printer Ender-3

Cyclops 3D printed on Creality cheap 3D printer for beginners

Image source: Creality 3D; Gambody Cyclops 3D model printed on Creality Ender-3 by maker Omar Baez

It is a comparatively light and cheap machine that can be moved around the house for a better 3D printing experience. At the same time, it boasts a wonderful build area of 220 x 220 x 250 mm, allowing to implement various printing fantasies you might have.

The ender-3 device supports an SD card and works online. It has a heated build plate and supports multiple filament types.

Even though ender-3 has some disadvantages such as an uneven base and setting up issues, it looks like one of the best 3D printers for beginners who are on the budget and wish to achieve a smooth and nice-quality printing result in 2019.

Price: $229

Filament type: ABS, PLA, TPU (1.75 mm)

Build area: 220 x 220 x 250 mm

Layer resolution: 100-400 microns

Weight: 8 kg

Pros:

  • Inexpensive price
  • Resume printing feature
  • Smooth print
  • Big printing area

Cons:

  • Tricky assembly for beginners
  • Settings might be a bit complicated
  • Manual calibration process
  • Uneven base

Being one of the most affordable 3D printers in 2019, Creality ender-3 is also one of the most popular machines used by the beginners and hobbyists. Here are some examples of prints created by Gambody enthusiasts on ender-3 and shared in our FB Community with all the details about the process, settings, guides on how to paint the figurine, etc.

Cyclops made by Omar Baez:

Cyclops 3D printed on affordable 3D printer Ender-3

Printer: Creality Ender-3; Maker: Omar Baez

Download STL Files for Cyclops 3D model

Incredible Ravager Groot 3D figure made by Stuart Hardy:

Baby Groot 3D model printed on cheap Ender 3 3D printer

Printer: Creality Ender-3; Maker: Stuart Hardy

Download STL files for Ravager Groot 3D model

Gorgeous Viserion Ice Dragon made by Stuart Hardy:

Viserion Ice Dragon printed on affordable 3D printer for beginners in 2019 Creality ender-3

Printer: Creality Ender-3; Maker: Stuart Hardy

Download STL files for Viserion Ice Dragon 3D model

An impressive Timber Wolf made by @keikun17‎:

Mechwarrior Timber Wolf 3D printed on affordable Creality Ender-3

Printer: Creality Ender-3; Maker: @keikun17

Download STL files for Timber Wolf 3D printing model

5. Anycubic i3 Mega 3D Printer for Beginners

Anycubic I3 Mega 3D printer inexpensive 2019

Image source: Anycubic

If you look for the best 3D printer inexpensive, this might be your perfect choice. Among various 3D printers under $300, Anycubic i3 Mega model stands out thanks to its fast assembly, large build volume, support for multiple types of filament, and auto-pause feature in case the filament runs out.

The open-frame device has an SD card support and a user-friendly full-colour touch screen for better control of the whole printing process. The heated bed is excellent at offering both a good grip for the prints during the procedure and simple removal afterwards.

For its price, it is a great inexpensive machine for both beginners and hobbyists who wish to create high-quality 3D printing models right out of the box.

Price: $262

Filament type: PLA, ABS, HIPS, Wood (1.75 mm)

Build area: 210 x 210 x 205 mm

Layer resolution: 50-300 microns

Weight: 11 kg

Pros:

  • Cheap cost
  • Easy setup
  • Big build volume
  • Auto pause option
  • Touch screen controls
  • Easy removal of printed models
  • Support for third-party filaments

Cons:

  • Manual bed levelling
  • Noise
  • Might need extra customization

Many members of Gambody FB Community enjoy creating impressive 3D models on the affordable Anycubic i3 Mega machine.

An unbelievable dinosaur of the Jurassic Park made by Nik JI:

Jurassic Park 3D model printed on Anycubic I3 Mega affordable 3D printer for beginners

Printer: Anycubic i3 Mega; Maker: Nik JI

Download STL files for the Jurassic Park 3D figurine

Fantastic Gul’dan made by Sascha Wesler:

Gul'dan 3D figurine printed on Anycubic I3 Mega affordable 3D printer for beginners in 2019

Printers: Anycubic I3 Mega and CR 10S; Maker: Sascha Wesler

Download STL files for Gul’dan 3D figurine

Wizard Gandalf the Grey from The Lord of the Rings made by Felix Hösl:

Gandalf the Grey made on affordable Anycubic I3 Mega 3D printer for beginners 2019

Printer: Anycubic I3 Mega; Maker: Felix Hösl

Download STL files for Gandalf the Grey 3D model

Heisei Godzilla figure made by Joe Broggio:

Heisei Godzilla 3D printed on affordable Anycubic i3 Mega

Printer: Anycubic i3 Mega; Maker: Joe Broggio

Download STL files for Godzilla 3D printing figurine

3D printers under $500 in 2019

Some of the best machines for 3D printing for beginners can cost less than $500. They support FDM technology and can offer you an incredible experience of working with different materials (ABS, PLA, Wood, etc.), enjoying touch screen controls, simple setup, remote monitoring features along with smooth print quality. While there are various cons in this pricing category, such as a single extruder and limited upgrade options, there are still many advantages to love.

1. Monoprice MP Voxel 3D printer

Cheap 3D printer for beginners Monoprice MP Voxel

Image source: Monoprice

This fully enclosed affordable machine is one of the top 3D printers in 2019 in the inexpensive segment. It comes with a removable, flexible heated print bed, a small, user-friendly touch screen, built-in memory and camera for monitoring the printing process.

By supporting multiple filaments, this machine boasts high-quality prints and a flexible bed that simplifies the removing of your completed models. The printing speed is high, and the fact that you can start to use it right out of the box is incredible. Besides, the model supports USB, Wi-Fi and cloud printing.

Beginners should love this cheap Monoprice MP Voxel thanks to its price, quality, and usability.

Price: $399

Filament type: PLA, ABS (1.75 mm)

Build area: 150 x 150 x 150 mm

Layer resolution: 50-300 microns

Weight: 13 kg

Pros:

  • Affordable price
  • Quick nozzle change
  • Removable heat plate
  • Touch-screen interface
  • Built-in camera for monitoring
  • 8GB of internal memory
  • Great print quality
  • Fast printing speeds

Cons:

  • Possible Wi-Fi connection issues
  • Tricky calibration
  • Limited filament amount support (not more than 0.5 kg)
  • Flaky software

2. FlashForge Adventurer 3 3D Printer for Beginners

Inexpensive 3D printers for beginners Flashforge Adventurer 3

Image source: FlashForge

This affordable machine has some fun features, such as a removable and flexible heated bed, automatic filament loading, detachable and one-click-to-remove nozzle, support for Wi-Fi, cloud, USB printing, etc., which makes it one of the top 3D printers in 2019 for the beginners.

It is a smart printer that offers lovely quality prints. It is user-friendly and comparatively lightweight. It supports various types of filament and works with third-party materials; however, its spool holder is limited in how much filament you can use.

Overall, this device is a good one for its low price.

Price: $399

Filament type: PLA, PEARL, ABS (1.75 mm)

Build area: 150 x 150 x 150 mm

Layer resolution: 100-400 microns

Weight: 9 kg

Pros:

  • Affordable cost
  • User-friendly touch screen
  • Wi-Fi and cloud connection support
  • Simple calibration
  • Easy setup
  • Great nozzle changing system
  • Auto filament loading
  • Quiet while operating
  • Built-in camera for remote monitoring

Cons:

  • Limited spool holder

3. Monoprice Maker Ultimate 3D Printer

Affordable 3D printers in 2019 Monoprice Maker Ultimate

Image source: Monoprice

It is a neat device that supports SD cards and USB and boasts high print speed. It has a heated build plate that works with nearly all filaments, including metal and wood on top of the support for PLA, ABS, PVA and other types.

The Maker Ultimate is one of the best printers for beginners and hobbyists in 2019 that can last for a long time, help printing amazing smooth and detailed 3D models with a high layer resolution of 20 microns, and offer a great size build area.

The process of feeding filament through an anti-jam feeder is neat and straightforward, making this affordable model a great one in the price category under $500.

Price: $479

Filament type: ABS, PLA, PVA, HIPS, TPE/TPU, Wood, Metal (1.75 mm)

Build area: 200 x 200 x 175 mm

Layer resolution: 20 microns

Weight: 18 kg

Pros:

  • Ability to handle almost any filament type
  • High layer resolution
  • Fast print speeds
  • Large build area
  • LCD screen
  • Low noise

Cons:

  • Limited upgrade options

4. Creality CR-10 Popular 3D Printer for Beginners

Popular 3D printer for beginners 2019 Creality CR-10

Image source: Creality; Gambody 3D model of Genji made by Jeffrey Linn

While this affordable printer has a simple design, it also delivers nice quality and has a large build area that can make most of your 3D print dreams come true even if you are a beginner.

Its glass print bed can be removed, and it offers a flat printing surface. At the same time, you have to focus on printing and think about the details to receive a better result because Creality CR-10 will not do all your work. It works well with PLA and needs tricking on your side if you wish to try to work with ABS filament.

Price: $399

Filament type: PLA (1.75 mm)

Build area: 300 x 300 x 400 mm

Layer resolution: 100 microns

Weight: 13 kg

Pros:

  • Affordable cost
  • Simple assembly process
  • User-friendly controls
  • Flat printing surface
  • Removable print bed

Cons:

  • Time-consuming heating process
  • Tricky print preparation
  • Not great for ABS

Many hobbyists from Gambody FB Community love the Creality CR-10 3D printer a lot.

3D figurine of Genji from Overwatch made by Jeffrey Linn:

Genji 3D print made on affordable 3D printer CR-10

Printer: Creality CR-10; Maker: Jeffrey Linn

Download STL files for Genji 3D model

Detailed Aquaman made by Rob Kottenbrock:

Aquaman King of Atlantis made on affordable Creality CR-10 3D printer for beginners

Printer: Creality CR-10; Maker: Rob Kottenbrock

Download STL files for Aquaman King of Atlantis 3D figurine

Gamera from The Giant Monster made by George Kinney:

Gamera made on affordable 3D printer for beginners Creality CR-10

Printer: Creality CR-10; Maker: George Kinney

Download STL files for Gamera 3D model

Amazing Thor with Stormbreaker made by Péter Bene:

Thor 3D printed on affordable Creality CR-10 printer

Printer: Creality CR-10; Maker: Péter Bene

Download STL files for Thor 3D model

5. Anycubic Chiron 3D Printer

Anycubic Chiron inexpensive 3D printer for beginners 2019

Image source: Anycubic

With enough space for creating various 3D models, Anycubic Chiron is another curious device among affordable 3D printers under $500. Its assembly is simple and rather quick.

The large build area is excellent for turning your 3D print fantasies into life, and the support for multiple types of filament is a great option. However, some users experience problems with auto-levelling feature, slow printing and have other issues.

Price: $499.99

Filament type: PLA, ABS, Wood, TPU, HIPS, PETG (1.75 mm)

Build area: 400 x 400 x 450 mm

Layer resolution: 50-300 microns

Weight: 15 kg

Pros:

  • Affordable cost
  • Quick assembly
  • User-friendly touch screen
  • Large build area
  • Multiple filament type support

Cons:

  • Quality control problems
  • Flaky auto-levelling
  • Poor manual instructions
  • Slow print speed

Best 3D Printer Under $700 for Beginners

The higher the price of the device, the more you can get out of it. Some of the best 3D printers that cost less than $700 in 2019 boast a long list of advantages, including lower noise, higher speeds, lower weight, dual extruders and other pros you will love.

1. Tiertime UP Mini 2 3D Printer

Cheap 3D printer for beginners Tiertime UP Mini 2

Image source: Tiertime

It is another interesting device among the best inexpensive 3D printers for beginners under $700. The Tiertime UP mini 2 is fully enclosed, portable and is easy to use out of the box.
It boasts multiple cool features such as a touch screen, Wi-Fi connection support, ability to print with various filament types, auto-levelling the bed, blackout recovery, etc.

While offering superior printing quality, it still has some disadvantages. For example, its build area is minimal; it does not support SD cards and works via its unique software only.

Price: $524

Filament type: ABS, PLA, PETG, Carbon Fiber, PC (1.75 mm)

Build area: 120 x 120 x 120 mm

Layer resolution: 150 microns

Weight: 9 kg

Pros:

  • Simple set up
  • Lightweight
  • Support for various types of filament
  • Wi-Fi connection support
  • User-friendly touch screen
  • Quiet work
  • Great printing quality

Cons:

  • Limited build area
  • Tricky documentation
  • Absence of SD card slot
  • Software restrictions

2. Dremel 3d20 Idea Builder

Affordable 3D printer Dremel 3d20 Idea Builder

Image source: Dremel

This affordable machine, even though priced under $700, has non-heated build plate which is safe for children to use but limits the device to using PLA filaments only.

Still, Dremel 3D20 Idea Builder is a favourite 3D printer for beginners in 2019 because it is portable, comes pre-assembled and can start working out of the box.

It has a touch screen, 4GB of internal storage, support for SD card, user-friendly controls, but it relies on the unique Dremel software and cannot be connected to Windows or Mac computer via USB cable.

Price: $599

Filament type: PLA (1.75 mm)

Build area: 230 x 150 x 140 mm

Layer resolution: 100 microns

Weight: 9 kg

Pros:

  • Full-colour touch screen
  • Internal storage
  • Easy-to-use
  • Removable build plate

Cons:

  • Support for PLA filament only
  • No Mac / Windows support

3. Qidi Tech 3D Printer Dual Extruder X-Pro

Affordable 3D printer for beginners Qidi Tech X-Pro

Image source: Qidi Technology

Thanks to its removable heating aluminium plate, the Qidi Tech X-Pro model supports multiple filaments, from PLA to ABS and TPU. It simplifies the process of removing your built 3D models and offers a likeable user experience for beginners and hobbyists.

Support for two-colour printing is fantastic, making it an outstanding device under $700. The full-colour touch screen, ability to resume printing after saving your breakpoint and user-friendly set up adds to the numerous advantages of this affordable machine.

Price: $699

Filament type: ABS, PLA, TPU, PETG, HIPS (1.75 mm)

Build area: 230 x 150 x 150 mm

Layer resolution: 50-400 microns

Weight: 18 kg

Pros:

  • Dual extrusion technology
  • Removable metal plate
  • User-friendly set up
  • Touch screen
  • Breakpoint – resume printing feature

Cons:

  • Heavyweight
  • Limited build area

4. FlashForge Dreamer NX 3D Printer Single Extruder

3D printer under $700 FlashForge Dreamer NX

Image source: FlashForge

While the first set up of the FlashForge Dreamer might look complicated and tricky, overall it is a very nice 3D printer under $700. It is heavy and sturdy, fully enclosed, user-friendly, and great for its low price.

Unfortunately, it has a single extruder, but thanks to its heating bed it supports various filaments such as ABS, PLA, HIPS, PVA and flexible materials. It also prints via Wi-Fi network, USB or SD card, which makes it an exciting and affordable model for beginners who are willing to spend more than $500 but less than $700.

Price: $599

Filament type: PLA, ABS, PVA, HIPS (1.75 mm)

Build area: 230 x 150 x 140 mm

Layer resolution: 50-400 microns

Weight: 11 kg

Pros:

  • Printing via USB, Wi-Fi connection, SD card
  • Touch screen
  • User-friendly interface
  • Nice print quality

Cons:

  • Single extruder
  • Tricky setup
  • Limited build volume

This Adult Groot is partly printed on FlashForge Dreamer by Damian Lawrence, and it looks incredible:

Adult Groot made on affordable 3D printer under $700

Printers: FlashForge Dreamer and CR-10S; Maker: Damian Lawrence

Download STL files for Adult Groot 3D model

5. Monoprice Dual Extruder 3D Printer

Cheap 3D printers for beginners Monoprice Dual Extruder

Image source: Monoprice

This affordable device can create incredible 3D prints; however, it requires patience with set up and preparation for printing (calibration, software installation, etc.).

The machine comes with a touch screen and a built-in camera for controlling the whole process. It has an auto-resume feature and boasts dual extruder for printing dual-colours. It has a heated plate that works with various materials, including PLA, ABS and PVA.

Usually, this printer costs around $1000, but you can grab it with a huge discount and save your money while getting an expensive machine for less in 2019.

Price: $600

Filament type: ABS, PLA, PVA, PETG (1.75 mm)

Build area: 230 x 150 x 160 mm

Layer resolution: 50 microns

Weight: 17 kg

Pros:

  • Auto resume option
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Touch screen
  • Dual extruder
  • Build-in camera
  • Nice print quality

Cons:

  • Heavyweight
  • Limited build area
  • Complicated setup
  • Limited software

Selecting a top machine among the most affordable 3D printers for beginners that suits your needs the best in 2019 is a first step toward making your printing dreams come true, creating impressive 3D models, and developing your business or hobby at home or work.

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